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Milk turns sour, 757 samples fail purity test
Had more of water than milk, though no urea was found
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 3
Now, think twice before you down a glass of milk to keep yourself fit. Of the 1,245 samples of milk collected in the city for testing by the district dairy development department during the past four months 757 were found to be impure. Though none contained urea, most of the samples had more of water than milk.

The test results came a few days after residents of the Rishi Nagar area caught hold of a vendor whom they saw mixing drain water with the milk he intended to sell.

The samples were collected door-to-door between April 1 to July 31, 2011 in 37 city localities including Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Green Field, Door Sanchar Colony (BRS Nagar), Kichlu Nagar, Model Town Extension and Punjab Mata Nagar.

Dilbag Singh, deputy director of the district dairy development department, said: "We tested the samples on the spot so that people got to know what kind of milk they were getting from their suppliers. The tests were conducted on the basis of fat, protein, SNF, density, water, urea and neutralizer content in the milk. 757 out of the 1,245 samples we collected were found to contain more water than milk. This is something to worry about as every one needs a nutritious diet”.

“While some firms are supplying packaged milk and milk products, several vendors are not providing quality milk. Every now and then the dairy development department organizes camps in various city localities where residents can come to get samples of milk tested”, said department inspector Santokh Singh.


Dengue claims two lives, 32 others afflicted
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 3
Dengue seems to be raising its head yet again in the city with two residents already falling prey to this mosquito-borne disease in a local hospital. At least 32 confirmed cases were already being treated in various hospitals.

Civil Surgeon Dr HS Bali confirmed that Mandeep Singh (26), a resident of Preet Nagar in Shimlapuri, had died of dengue in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) last evening. However, unconfirmed reports said another dengue patient-Shailender Kumar (22), a resident of Sherpur locality in the city-had also succumbed to dengue in the same hospital on Monday night.

According to health authorities, in all 32 dengue patients were admitted to the two major hospitals - the DMCH and Christian Medical College and Hospital- during the past a few days. Out of these 15 were from different parts of the city while 17 dengue patients had been brought here for treatment from other districts, including Bathinda and Muktsar.

Claiming that there was no outbreak of dengue as such in the city, and the cases reported till now were from different localities like Mundian Kalan, Chandigarh Road, Focal Point, Sherpur, Shimlapuri, and even posh residential areas like Sarabha Nagar, Dr Bali said the health department had been continuing with its awareness drive not only about malaria and dengue but also other seasonal diseases like gastroenteritis, cholera and jaundice.

He also maintained that adequate preventive steps were being taken to break the breeding cycle of mosquitoes. 



Migrant kids take to crime
Will have to cool their heels in juvenile home
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
It may be the most “enjoyable” period of life for a child aged between 13 and 18 years, but the seven minors arrested for committing the theft by the Focal Point Police yesterday will have to cool their heels in a juvenile home till the completion of their sentence.

The data available with the city police from January 1, 2011, to June 31, 2011, reveals that at least 23 children have been booked under several sections for snatching, theft, gambling and indulging in fights etc.

Inspector Kanwarjit Singh of the Focal Point police station while divulging the modus operandi of seven minors said, “They are between 14 and 17 years of age and hails from Uttar Pradesh. The ‘elders’ of the gang-Jatinder Kumar and Deepu Kumar-hatched conspiracy and gave orders to other “gang members,” while swimming in the canal.

The minors used to recce several areas and search for vulnerable shops or spots. They kept one-and-a-half foot iron rod and a shutter-breaking instrument for accomplishing their task. Till recently, they were into small crimes like snatching and thefts. But, experienced criminals could only commit the theft at a mobile store. They opened the locks with various instruments and pushed two to three children inside the showroom, picked things and hand those to other gang members standing outside. None of the minors showed any sign of regret.”

About 30 mobile phones dish TV, four DVDs and other articles have been recovered from the minor criminals. The stolen goods were recovered from the house of one of the gang members located in Makkar Colony, Giaspura. “Their relatives/parents reside in the city and are working as daily wagers. A few parents even stated that their wards were not in their control and don’t even visit them for eight to 10 days in a row,” the Inspector added. 



MC officials caught napping once again
Unprepared for visit of Leicester city council delegation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The sheer inefficiency of municipal corporation officials was on display again on Wednesday when it became clear they had not properly planned the visit of a three-member Leicester city council delegation to the city. First a meeting which the team was to hold with functionaries of the MC’s bridges & roads (B&R) department was postponed and later a visit to the indoor stadium construction site on Pakhowal Road was also deferred.

In the first case the reason given was that the delegation members, who were taken to see flats for the poor being built in Dhandari, got late for the meeting. In the other case, the officials who were to brief the foreign guests were “not available”.

Said an MC official, who has gone abroad on a few official trips, while requesting anonymity: “Whenever we visit any country the city council concerned always plan our trips before in a very systematic manner. It prepares minute by minute details of the visiting delegation and whenever we visit any place officials are present at the scene with a detailed presentation. But here we’re asked to plan everything on the spot and that’s why we can’t follow the set schedule.”

However, MC executive engineer HC Salaria said the meeting with B&R wing officials had to be cancelled because the delegation members got late while coming back from Giaspura. “The delegation is more interested in seeing projects under construction and that’s why we are focusing more on field visits. As far as meetings are concerned they can be held whenever the delegation members have the time,” he added.

The delegation members were scheduled to visit the indoor stadium site at 3 pm on Wednesday. “But this visit had to be cancelled as the officials concerned were not available,” said an official accompanying the delegation.

However, there was a silver lining for civic officials as the delegation members were quite impressed by the progress of construction of an underpass opposite the city’s mini secretariat.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see the pace at which the underpass opposite mini secretariat is constructed. Back home, such a project would have taken at least 2-3 months more than the Ludhiana project. Because we take a lot of time in planning so that the project could be beneficial for coming generations as well,” said Satish Shah, head of service, highways design & maintenance, who was part of the three-member delegation.



Snakes rattle morning walkers 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Morning walkers at the Rose Garden, which is situated in the heart of the city, are a worried lot these days. Residents alleged that during their morning walks, encountering snakes have become a regular feature these days.

They have alleged that the reason for this is the callous attitude of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials, who are not mowing grass, which acts as a safe haven to the snakes in this monsoon season.

Satpal Sharma, a city-based businessman, who is a regular visitor to the Rose Garden, said one of the mornings at around 5 am, while he was walking on the pavement along the boundary wall, he saw a snake moving from one side to another.

“I was shocked to see a snake. I was so shocked that I could not even move from the spot,” said Sharma.

Yashpal Gupta, another city resident, stated that the snake menace at the Rose Garden is only due to the fact that the MC is least bothered about mowing of grass at various parts of the garden. “Bushes provide a safe haven to these reptiles and that is why their number is growing in the garden,” alleged Gupta.

MC’s landscaping official Surinder Kumar clarified that he has never came across such an issue. “No morning walker has ever complained about the presence of snakes in the garden. Moreover, we also get proper mowing of grass at regular intervals, as the garden is thronged by a large number of people in the morning as well as in the evening. But still if any person is having any problem, they can either contact me or officials present in the garden,” stated Kumar.

1 toilet in garden

y Morning walkers have also rued that there is only one toilet in the Rose Garden. “Most of the residents who visit the garden are middle aged or in their mid-40s. If one has to use the toilet, he or she would have to go to another corner of the garden. Ironically, that is why, many people prefer to answer the nature’s call in any corner of the garden, which is a nuisance. People should restrict themselves from indulging in such a thing,” rued a morning walker.



Auto-part makers seek fiscal sops to stay afloat
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 3
Facing a recession and stagnation in demand, automotive components manufacturers in the city have been hamstrung in their efforts to fully exploit their potential due to several impediments. The industry feels it is high time the Punjab government comes out with suitable fiscal and promotional policies for this sector to ward off imminent closure of a large number of units or relocation to other states.

According to Avtar Singh, general secretary of the Chamber of Industrial & Commercial Undertakings, autos and components are one of the largest growing industrial sectors in the state after information technology. By 2020 the projected production of two and three wheelers in the country is expected to jump by over 300 per cent, passenger cars by four and a half times, tractors two and a half times and that of light commercial vehicles by four times, which indicates the huge potential for growth of the auto parts segment.

"However, auto components manufacturing units here have been far lagging behind the national growth of 25 percent in this sector. In particular, automobile and ancillary units in the city are passing through testing times with many factories facing closure and several others in the process of shifting to states like Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat that are attracting huge investments by offering major incentives and infrastructure facilities”, Avtar pointed out.

Making a fervent appeal to the government to offer a comprehensive package to protect the auto parts industry in Punjab, he suggested development of an industrial park in the city for the auto industry with world class infrastructure and amenities and reduction of value added tax on auto components from 12.5 to 5.5 percent to facilitate the sector’s growth and development. Avtar noted the key feature in present-day manufacturing processes - technology upgrade, critical to face global competition, was beyond the reach of small and medium auto part makers simply because of the huge investments required. "The government ought to set up a corpus fund of Rs 10,000 crore for this purpose. This positive move will not only enable auto parts units to upgrade and become globally competitive, but will also generate huge employment opportunities”, he averred. “At the same time there is a dire need to make Punjab investor-friendly and attract vehicle manufacturers to set up their plants in the state by offering suitable incentives and concessions”, Avtar added

Exponential growth

Type of vehicles Production in 2009 Projected in 2020

(Figures in 100,000 units)

Two and three wheelers 102.3 335

Passenger cars 22 97

Tractors 4.2 10.5

LCVs 1.2 4.7



Pricey gold loses luster, prefered as commodity
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The yellow metal, which used to charm women, seems to have lost its luster. City-based jewellers are suffering huge loses as the hike in the prices of gold has reduced its sale by 80 per cent.

Since yesterday, the price of 24-carat gold has increased by Rs 600 per 10 grams and today, the gold is priced at Rs 24,300 per 10 grams. Yesterday, the price of 10 grams of gold was Rs 23,700.

“If gold price can go up by Rs 600 in a day, day is not far when it would touch Rs 25,000 mark,” said Anand Sikri, one of the members of the Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association.

“Over the years, people have started investing in gold as a commodity. People prefer to invest in gold because the returns are much higher than the stock market. That is why, even today, we are getting customers who want to purchase gold bricks instead of jewellery. The prices of gold are increasing at the international level also. This has led to the hike in the prices of gold back home,” Sikri added.

Ravinder Singh, who runs Ravindra Jewellers near Preet Palace, said these days only those who want to invest in gold are purchasing it. And only only those who have a marriage in their house buy jewellery. Moreover, when the wedding season starts, the demand of gold would increase and we are expecting the prices to rise further.”

Sukhpreet Kaur Sodhi, a college lecturer, said, “We are hearing that gold is the best bet if one wants to invest money from our grandmother. We can wear jewellery during functions as well as keep it for emergency. But, now, with the rise in the prices it is not easy to purchase gold jewellery,” she added. 



District scan
Ludhiana Scan

Travel credit card launched: HDFC Bank has launched a pack of three premium credit cards that will make air travel for ultra-rich a walk in the air. With the global Indian logging thousands of air miles to set his footprint across the world, the formidable trio of Regalia, Superia and Platinum Edge will offer them a complete solution to all their travel needs. The bank has initially launched these cards in the IT and travel hub of Bengaluru, which boasts of one of the finest airports in India.

Training module: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, along with Dr Reddy’s Foundation for Health Education will organise a two-day “abhilasha programme” module for nursing staff on August 5 and 6. According to chief organiser, Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and transplant Surgery and head, transplant unit at DMCH, the workshop will focus on the issues pertaining to skill development in areas related to patient care and patient safety, motivation of health care professionals to provide quality service to the patients, self-assessment of employees with the objective of continuous improvement and enhance efficiency at all levels with an objective of hospital’s overall growth and reduce patients morbidity and mortality.

Scooping parlour: Amul, a mega player in the dairy industry and a leader in cooperative sector, has opened a new scooping parlour in BRS Nagar here. At this parlour, the entire range of milk-based ice creams, along with sundaes, ice cream shakes and ice cream floats are available. Currently, Amul has around 15 scooping parlours across Punjab. Harjot Kaur, owner of the parlour, had invited special kids from Darpan, an NGO, for the opening. Children had a great day where they enjoyed ice creams, chocolates and also danced to the tunes of various songs.

Breastfeeding week: During the ongoing World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), the Civil Hospital, Raikot, organised parents education programme on infant and young child feeding. Dr Moninder Singh, senior medical official, said breastfeeding was an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants. It is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. He said virtually all mothers can breastfeed provided they have accurate information and support within their families and communities and from the healthcare system. They should also have access to skilled practical help. Dr Rajinder Gulati, medical officer (paediatrics) told the pregnant and lactating mothers that almost all mothers could produce enough breast milk for one or even two babies. — TNS



Commuters forced to pay through the nose
Six-Laning of National Highway 1
Lovleen Bains

Doraha (Sahnewal), August 3
Commuters especially residents of Doraha and Sahnewal and those of adjoining villages have been forced to pay through the nose due to the ongoing work of a road widening on the National Highway No. 1.

“We are literally fed up with this project. Every time we venture out, we have to travel at least 2 to 3 kilometer extra to take the actual road. Commuting from the Dehlon side is all the more troublesome. A commuter can reach the town only via Nandpur village and that too by passing through a muddy uneven path. All types of vehicles try to pass through this stretch even though the concrete road has not been laid so far. So the condition becomes all the more pitiable whenever it rains,” a resident of Sahnewal said.

“Though we are aware that the road-widening project is ultimately going to make our journey all the more comfortable, but we won’t tolerate the inconvenience caused to us if the project doesn’t complete within stipulated timeframe. We were expecting the work to finish by November 2010, but things have become intolerable for us, as the deadline has been extended to March 2012. It is impossible to finish the work even by March 2012 if the pace of work remains the same. We are forced to undergo unnecessary hassles for no fault of ours,” added another.

Meanwhile, residents of Doraha, after failing to get any positive response from contractors, have finally knocked the doors of the National Highway Authority of India at Ambala demanding a pedestrian subway or for that matter a foot overbridge at Doraha.

According to Prof Parkash Singh of Government College, Karamsar, who resides in Doraha, “We the residents of Mohalla Zaildar, Sunder Nagar and villages along Doraha, including Jaipura, met NHAI Project Director Rajat Rastogi at Ambala in this regard. He asked us to meet his engineer. We approached the engineer and demanded a subway or a flyover to be constructed in the area. The engineer worked out the possibility of erecting a foot overbridge at point 294+040 that comes exactly at the local bus stand.

“Although we have got an assurance from the authorities yet we are skeptical of our demand being fulfilled or the plan getting executed. The town shall literally be split into two if the problem remains unresolved,” said Amarjit Singh Ghudani.

“People have to cross the road every now and then for undertaking one errand or the other, countless number of times a day. Down the bridge, the chaotic mobility of the traffic slows down the free movement of the pedestrians. The worst sufferers are the elderly and the children who fail to compete with the fast moving vehicles,” said Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker.

“Even as the National Highway Authority of India during its ongoing process of widening of NH1, is planning to construct flyovers almost on all the towns and villages, the construction of pedestrian subways or foot overbridges too should be considered at all costs”, said the residents of Sahnewal who are also thinking of meeting the project director as they too dread the same inconvenience for their town, once the project is accomplished.

“The NHAI is leaving no stone unturned to make the National Highway No. 1 an expressway. It should make adequate provisions for the safety and security of the pedestrians as well. At these towns too the foot overbridge should be constructed at all costs otherwise they would cease to remain what they presently are,” said Bahadur Singh Begowal.

The time is ripe for the authorities to think seriously over this issue or it would be useless to cry over split milk later on. Now when the process of six- laning is rife, an alternate provision for the foot overbridge, if overlooked, can make the pedestrians pay through the nose,” Sardul Singh Grewal and Santokh Singh Grewal of Doraha added.



Awareness programmes against social evils
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 3
The Jagraon chapter of the Punjab Police State Apex Committee for NGO projects in association with Ludhiana (rural) police will be holding several awareness programmes against female foeticide and other social evils to create awareness among the masses on these issues.

The committee members in association with the police officials will organise such awareness programmes in various villages of the area and try to motivate people, particularly the youth, to come forward against such social evils and give their contribution to eliminate these evils from the society. Dr Ashok Sharma, secretary of Jagraon Chapter of the Punjab Police State Apex Committee for NGO projects, stated this during a meeting of committee members with new senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ludhiana (rural) police, Amar Singh Chahal here on Monday.

“Creating awareness against social evils like female foeticide, drug addiction, dowry, violence against the women etc can prove quite helpful in rooting out such social evils from our society”, he said.

Earlier, the committee members welcomed the new SSP on his taking over the charge of Ludhiana (rural) police at Jagraon.

While explaining the past achievements and future plans of the committee, organising secretary of the committee professor Baldev Singh asserted that the committee had been serving the community since 2004 under the police-public coordination and collaboration programmes. “The committee held a wide range of awareness and promotional functions such as drug de-addiction, female foeticide, art of living, AIDS and traffic awareness seminars, camps, street plays and workshops at different colleges and schools in Jagraon area”, explained Singh.

Speaking on the occasion, Chahal expressed his gratitude to the committee members for holding such exemplary social activities. Assuring all possible cooperation and patronage on part of the police, Chahal also invited the committee members to hold a detailed agenda meeting with him in the first week of August about holding seminars against evils like female foeticide at the educational institutions to show youth the right path.



No takers for traffic rules
Park lies in a state of neglect with outdated equipment
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, August 3
With no one willing to learn traffic rules in the city, the Traffic Training Park, located in Model Town, is facing crisis of willing learners. But the authorities there have found a simple way to fulfil the monthly attendance report.

Instead of making schoolchildren aware about the traffic rules, the authorities catch hold of migrant labourers from labour chowks, who don’t even own any vehicle. As per traffic in charge's record, 2,146 school students and 219 civilians learned traffic rules from the traffic park last month.

According to sources, the park authority does not own any bicycle. But they borrow cycles from the gardeners and other class IV employees when school students come to learn traffic rules from them. Traffic Training Park has outdated installed equipments like lights etc.

The condition of the traffic park speaks of the authorities' neglect. The congested park has narrow roads without any road-markings. Roads are in a bad condition and the lights are non-functional, making it impossible to learn the right lesson.

Awareness posters and small-slogan billboards can be seen on the walls of the single administration room located in the middle of the park. In this scorching heat, it is very hard to sit in a room with non-functional fans.

"We are approaching as many people as we can. We organise traffic rules awareness camps in schools and colleges. Higher authorities are working on its upgrading plans. India is a poor county and these facilities are enough in any poor country", said Sukhdev Singh in charge of the Traffic Training Park.

Harmohan Singh, ADCP, traffic, agreed that system was outdated but on the question of upgrading the park, he did not answer. 



Activists flay repression of agitating farmers
Six trade unions threaten to join stir 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 3
Lambasting the government for repression let loose against farmers agitating against forcible acquisition of 166-acres in Gobindpura village under Mansa district, as many as six trade unions have threatened to join the stir if the state government persisted with the policy of snatching away agricultural land and failed to provide justice to the farmers.

In a joint statement here today, the Moulder and Steel Workers Union, Hosiery Workers Union, Lok Sangharsh Committee, Mazdoor Union and Lok Ekta Sangathan condemned the police brutality against activists of 17 farmers bodies, opposing forcible acquisition of land for a thermal power station in the private sector.

They said killing of a farmer in the police firing and injuring a large number of other protesters had once again brought to the fore the policy of the government to gag public voice with brute force.

"The agitation for a genuine cause can not be suppressed by such measures. On the contrary, the stir for democratic rights and self -respect will rather be further intensified in the face of repression," they said.

The trade union leaders said on one hand, the Centre and the states were vowing against forcible acquisition of fertile land, and the judiciary had struck down several such controversial cases of acquisition of land in the recent past, but on the other hand, many state governments, including Punjab, were uprooting farmers by taking away their productive land and handing them over to private companies.

Demanding adequate compensation for the kin of the dead farmer, free-medical treatment of the injured protesters, immediate release of those arrested and restoration of the acquired land back to its owners, the trade unions warned that they would be forced to join and further intensify the agitation if the government failed to dispense justice.



Expert dwells on benefits of breastfeeding
Tribune New Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The department of home science, Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, in association with the Inner Wheel Club organised a programme to mark the breastfeeding week here yesterday.

A talk was delivered by Dr Rajinder Gulati, a paediatrician at the Civil Hospital, Raikot, in which he highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding.

He said during lactation period, the mother should be given proper diet to maintain good health. He said in modern times working women were making compromises on the family front and switching to bottle feeding which is emotionally as well as physically detrimental for the child.



Teej celebrations in full swing
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 3
Teej is the festival of swings, which is meant for women. Teej is dedicated to the divine cuple of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Since Teej falls at the outbreak of monsoons, it is popularly known as “Sawan Festival”. It is usually celebrated in July or August with great enthusiasm and devotion by women.

One of the rituals is to worship a tree, Vat Vrikha. This tree is considered auspicious because its braches are considered as “knowledge”.

‘Reason to celebrate’

Festivals gives us the reason to celebrate and thus to be happy. Celebrating festivals in schools and colleges also give the message to new generation to continue the tradition. 



From Schools

Green day
Green day was celebrated in the kindergarten wing of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town extension. The purpose of the day was to make children recognise and remember the colour, green. Everyone came dressed in green, including the children. They were acquainted with the colour through green articles, including guavas, grass, trees, peas, ladyfinger, etc. They played with green balloons. The nursery section was decorated with green balloons and charts.

Festivity: Teej was celebrated at KG wing of DAV Public School, Pakhowal road. The little children dressed in traditional Punjabi attire embellished with ornaments and accessories celebrated the festival with great fervour. The principal, teachers and children all wore green clothes to mark the festive spirit of the day symbolising greenery and prosperity. The children enjoyed with swings adorned with flowers. They were served kheer and malpuas.

Workshop for teachers:A four-day workshop was organised for faculty members of Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, by the Teachers’ Foundation, Bangalore, from July 31 to August 3 to empower them to become energetic, effective and reflective practitioners and life-long learners. The foundation is an accredited training provider for Jenny Mosley Consultancies, UK, to conduct quality circle time workshops all over India. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the self-esteem of students and teachers through their active participation. The teachers were trained through various engaging activities, which offered solutions to various problems faced by them in the classroom. The session enabled the teachers to provide an enabling environment to the students to help them improve their self-esteem, which is the mainspring for success and failure and also enhance their academic and social skills.

Song contest: An inter-house solo song competition was organised at Sat Paul Mittal School. Singers experimented and presented various forms of music. Kabeer Kaler, Amolika Sain and Sabhya Vij were declared winners.

Rangoli contest: Government Model Senior Secondary School, Hasanpur, celebrated Teej with great zeal here on Tuesday. An inter-house competition of rangoli and mehndi was also Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School display designs in mehandi applied on their palms as a part of Teej celebrations in Ludhiana. organised. Jatinder Singh of Shaheed Bhagat Singh House stood first in rangoli, whereas Mandeep Singh from Shaheed Udham Singh House was the runner-up. Parminder Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur, both of Shaheed Sukhdev Singh House, stood first jointly in mehndi competition. Meanwhile, Prabjot Kaur and Amandeep Kaur of Shaheed Bhagat Singh House were runners-up. Sarpanch Surjit Singh distributed prizes to the winners. — TNS
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School display designs in mehandi applied on their palms as a part of Teej celebrations in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



Youth still missing, girl booked for abetment
Suicide bid by lovers, who belonged to different castes
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 3
The incident of suicide bid by two lovers belonging to different castes took a new turn with the police booking the girl for abetting the youth to suicide.

The police had already arrested Amandeep Kaur soon after the incident and a case of abetting to suicide was registered against her at the Jagraon city police station late last evening on the statement of Lovdeep’s mother Karamjeet Kaur.

The youth, Lovedeep Singh, on the other hand, remained missing for the second consecutive day after he had jumped into the Abohar Branch canal near Akhara village, some 5 kilometers away from here. The body of the youth could not be found despite the police intensifying search operation. All efforts of the police have proved futile so far and the youth is believed to be drowned and dead.

Meanwhile, the family members of the youth today claimed that Lovedeep Singh did not commit suicide rather his killing was “planned”. “Lovedeep did not commit suicide. He was a sincere boy and he loved Amandeep and wanted to marry her. But as Amandeep did not want to continue the relationship and marry him, she, along with her family members planned the killing of my son,” alleged a grief-stricken Amarjeet Singh, father of Lovedeep. “Amandeep in connivance with her family members conspired to kill Lovedeep in such a way that it appear like a suicide,” he added.

According to Amarjeet Singh, he was aware of his son’s love affair with Amandeep Kaur. “He used to tell us that he was in love with Amandeep Kaur and wanted to marry her. But some days back, Lovedeep told us that Amandeep has refused to marry him on the pretext that her family members will never agree to their marriage following which Lovedeep got upset,” claimed Amarjeet Singh.

Holding Amandeep Kaur and her family members responsible for the death of his son, Amarjeet Singh demanded the police to conduct a fresh inquiry into the whole incident and bring out the truth behind the incident.

On the other side, Amandeep Kaur claimed that she had no love affair with Lovedeep and instead Lovedeep was compelling her to marry him and when she refused to marry him, he committed suicide. She further claimed that yesterday morning, too, Lovedeep managed to take her to the canal where he threatened her that he will jump into the canal if she refuses to marry him. “But I rejected his offer. Though I tried to convince him to not jump into the canal, he did not listen to me and jumped into the canal,” she claimed.

Surprisingly, Amandeep Kaur confessed that she also jumped into the canal after Lovedeep to avoid the embarrassment. She also admitted that she jumped into the canal at a point where the water flow was quite low and there was lesser risk of drowning.

When contacted, SHO Gurpreet Singh said a large number of police personnel have been deployed at various points alongside the canal to locate the body of the youth. He further said the police would wait for further 48 hours before declaring him dead.

When asked about the involvement of girl’s family in the incident as alleged by the family members of the youth, he said there was no truth in these claims. Though he assured of conducting an impartial inquiry into the whole episode.



Six nabbed in robbery case
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, August 3
The police has nabbed six members of a gang of robbers, who allegedly robbed a manager of a milk food company of over Rs 11 lakh near Bhanohar village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road near here on Monday evening.

The police has recovered Rs 10.85 lakh and three motorcycles from their possession.

The arrested accused were identified as Jaspal Ram of Gujjran village in Sangrur district (now a resident of Nanak Pura, Simlapuri), Kulwinder Singh, alias Rinku of Gobind Nagar Gali No 10.5, Barota road, Simlapuri; Sukhwinder Singh Sunny of Barota road; Maghbir Singh, alias Vicky of street number 4, Jhujhar Nagar, Simlapuri; Daljit Singh, alias Jeetu of Barota road, and Balraj Singh of Alamgir village.

Another accomplice, identified as Gurpreet Singh of Alamgir village, was reported to be absconding.

According to Amar Singh Bhullar, SSP Ludhiana (rural), after receiving information about the robbery, SHO Prem Singh was directed to investigate the matter.

Though initially the investigating team was groping in dark, later it became suspicious of the driver of one of the tempos in which the manager was returning to Ludhiana.

Interrogations revealed that the driver, Jaspal Ram who had been working with the company for over two years had conspired to rob the manager. He had deliberately stopped the tempo when other accused riding three motorcycles had intercepted their way.

The police is yet to confirm if the accused were carrying weapons with them.



Two fight over ‘illegal’ vehicle
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Nishan Singh, a city resident has levelled allegations against Simranjit Singh, a resident of Hargobindnagar for duping the former by selling him an "illegal" vehicle.

Telling his tale of woes, Nishan Singh, a resident of Hargobindpura, near Transport Nagar, here alleged that he was not perturbed that the seller, who did not have proper documents of the vehicle, befooled him. But the disturbing fact was that Simranjit Singh was openly challenging Nishan Singh that he could do no harm to him (Simranjit Singh).

He further added, "I had purchased a white Gypsy from Simranjit Singh of Jaggi Tent House, about a year ago. The deal was stuck at Rs 1,25,000. Rs 1 lakh was paid to Simranjit Singh immediately and I was told that I would get the documents of the vehicle by the evening. But when I went in the evening, I was told that the documents of the vehicle would be given to me after three months". Nishan Singh said that in the mean time he spent about Rs 30,000 more on the vehicle.

"But I was shocked to know that the vehicle which I purchased from Simranjit Singh did not have a chassis number or the engine number. In the meantime, Simranjit Singh lodged an FIR that his RC and other important documents of vehicle had been stolen", said Nishan Singh. He further said that when he further went to Delhi to get the duplicate documents of the vehicle, which had the registration number (DNH 4982) of Delhi. "But at Delhi too, I was told that the number did not exist in their record", said Nishan Singh.

"Since then I have been making rounds of the police stations, higher officials, councillors etc but nobody dares to take an action against the defaulter. Instead, I have been told by Simranjit Singh that I could do nothing against him", said Nishan Singh.

Meanwhile, Simranjit Singh of Jaggi Tent House said that allegations levelled against him were baseless. "We have a tent business and are not criminals. I have never threatened him instead he came to my house and raised voice in front of certain guests. Nishan Singh is a greedy man who wants to give back the vehicle and take the money. He could not arrange the remaining amount so he is raising hue and cry", said Simranjit Singh.

While sub-inspector Sanjiv Kapoor, Division Number 8, said that the case was registered but there was a deal made between the buyer and the seller. "The seller had sold the vehicle at the scrap rate to the buyer as they had to make adjustments of previous amounts", said the sub-inspector. 

Nishan Singh duped

Nishan Singh, a city resident, has levelled allegations against Simranjit Singh, a resident of Hargobindnagar, for duping the former by selling an "illegal" vehicle to him.



Constable consumes poisonous substance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Sandeep Singh (40), a constable, here was admitted to the Civil Hospital in mysterious circumstances late last night after he consumed some poisonous substance.

ACP West RK Jalhotra said the statement of the constable was yet to be recorded. “We have been told there was some marital dispute. But the police will go by the statement of the constable,” said Jalhotra. The condition of the constable is said to be out of danger.



Man gets two-yr jail in cheque-bounce case 
Our Legal Correspondent
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 3
Judicial Magistrate Vipindeep Kaur has convicted Agya Ram of Bal Singh Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana, in a cheque bounce case of Rs 2.5 lakh. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for two years.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the guilt of the accused stood proved beyond any doubt. The Judge also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 upon the accused. He was also ordered to pay compensation of Rs 8,000 to the aggrieved complainant.

The orders came on a complaint moved by Sachin Kumar of New Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana. The complainant had stated before the court that the accused had availed a loan of Rs 2,50,000. At the time of taking the money, he had assured that the amount would be returned soon.

In order to repay the loan amount, the accused issued a cheque of the same amount in September 2006 with the assurance that the same would be encashed. But when the cheque was presented to the banker of the accused, the banker for want of sufficient funds dishonoured it. Despite sending legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, added the complainant.

On the other hand, the accused claimed false implication. He stated that he had neither taken any loan nor issued any cheque to the complainant. He had stated that following an altercation, the complainant had taken away his motorcycle, in which a blank cheque was lying. Later he misused the same.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court was not convinced with the version of the accused.


The orders came on a complaint moved by Sachin Kumar of New Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana. The complainant had stated before the court that the accused had availed a loan of Rs 2,50,000. At the time of taking the money, he had assured that the amount would be returned soon. But when the cheque issued by the accused was presented to the banker of the accused, the banker for want of sufficient funds dishonoured it.



Manju, Varsha adjudged the best 
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 3
Manju, student of Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, secured 30.30 points and Varsha Bharti of Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon Bridge branch, Ludhiana, collected 28.60 points to be declared the best all-round gymnast in the girl's U-14 and U-17 sections, respectively in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Gymnastics Tournament held at the multipurpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

Tarika of Sacred Heart Convent School, Khanna, followed her in the second place with 28.00 points while Pushpa from Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, accumulated 22.30 points to be content with the third place.

In the under 17 group, Sonia of Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon Bridge branch, with 25.40 points finished as runners up while Bobby of Prince Model High School, Sham Nagar, Ludhiana, scored 25.30 points to secure the third place.

In the team championship (U-17), Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon Bridge branch, Ludhiana, with 99.50 points finished ahead of others to clinch top honours while Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School (21.30 points) and RS Model Senior Secondary School (16.30 points) secured second and third positions, respectively.

Nav Bahrti Public School amassed 81.70 points to clinch the overall championship while Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon Bridge branch (37.10 points) and Saraswati Modern High School, Ludhiana (22.80 points), finished second and third place, respectively.



Kundan Vidya Mandir win by 20 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 3
Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, beat International Public School, Sandhu City, Ludhiana, by 20 runs in the Ludhiana Schools PAU Zone I Cricket Tournament (U-14) being played at GRD Academy, Hambran road, here.

Kundan Vidya Mandir scored 65 runs losing seven wickets in 12 overs with main contributions coming through Raghav (10), Manan Jain (9) and Anmol (9).

For International Public School, Davinder and Abhinav consumed two wickets each, while Shivam took one for 16.

Requiring just 66 runs to win, International Public School could muster 45 runs in 11.4 overs, with only Shivam reaching double figure. He scored 17 runs.



Mandeep pockets gold in boxing
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 3
Mandeep Kaur brought fame to her village-Chakar near Jagraon in Ludhiana as well as her academy Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy by clinching a gold medal in the second edition of the Sub Junior Women's National Boxing Championship held at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu recently.

Mandeep (12) made her opponents bite the dust in the 34-36kg category. On her way to the title match, she proved her mettle to edge out her rivals from powerhouses-Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and hosts, Tamil Nadu. She was accorded a warm reception on her arrival at the village. President of the academy Prof Balwant Singh Sandhu appreciated the girl for her stupendous performance.



SDP school script facile wins
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 3
SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri road, registered victories in the U-16 and U-19 categories during the Punjab Schools (PAU zone) Cricket Tournament being organised by the Punjab education department here.

In a match played at SDP College for Women in (U-16 category), SDP School overwhelmed Harsh Vidya Mandir, Subhash Nagar, by 172 runs. Batting first after winning the toss, SDP School amassed a huge total of 186 runs for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 12 overs.

The main architects of their innings were Faizal and Jaswinder, who contributed 70 and 34 runs, respectively, while Chetan scored 27 and Minku made 19 runs. Dharamveer chipped in with 17 runs. For Harsh Vidya Mandir, Gurpreet was the lone successful bowler, who grabbed two wickets for 30 runs.

In reply, Harsh Vidya Mandir were bundled out for a paltry total of 14 runs in five overs. For the winners, Faizal, Prabhjot, Akash and Sagar shared the bowling honours. Faizal claimed three wickets, while Prabhjot, Sagar and Akash accounted for two wickets each to fashion their team’s victory.

In the second match (U-19) played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, SDP School drubbed GRD Academy, Hambran road, by 55 runs.

SDP School scored 107 runs after losing three wickets in 10 overs. Pankaj Choudhary and Simranjeet made 28 runs each, while Rajat Bhatia and Piyush Likhi contributed 21 and 15 runs, respectively. For GRD Academy, Shubham grabbed one wicket for 18 runs. Chasing the target, GRD Academy could gather 52 runs in the allotted 10 overs. Shivam and Shubham made 15 and 11 runs, respectively to salvage some pride for the losers.

For SDP School, Piyush claimed three wickets for six runs, followed by Vicky Sharma (2 for nine), Ashish (2 for six) and Manjeet (2 for five).



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